Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched an all out attack on the Congress and mocked the NYAY scheme, recently announced by Rahul Gandhi. Addressing an election rally in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, Modi questioned the claims made by Gandhi on transferring Rs 72,000 crore to banks accounts those living in poverty.
He said, “Those who could not open bank accounts for poor in 70 years are now claiming to transfer money in their accounts.”
Modi also reminded voters about his government’s achievement in announcing 10 percent reservation calling it a proud moment. Taking a dig at the grand alliance formed among the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, the prime minister likened it to alcohol, which was bound to cause destruction.
He said, “Sapa (SP) ka ‘sha’, RLD ka ‘Raa’ aur Baspa (BSP) ka ‘ba’, matlab ‘sharaab’… Sapa, RLD, Baspa, ye ‘sharab’ aapko barbaad kar degi. This alcohol will destroy you.)” He also took a dig at the acrimonious past of the BSP and the SP reminding voters how Mayawati was once assaulted by the Samajwadi Party supporters in a guesthouse. The same parties, he added, had now come together for political gains.
Invoking Pakistan, Modi said that the opposition leaders were in a race to become popular in the neighbouring country. “Brothers and sister, you tell me if the country wants Indian heroes or heroes of Pakistan? I want to ask 130 crore people of this country. Do you want saboot (evidence) or sapoot (able son)? My country’s able son is the biggest evidence of this country. They challenge the country’s able son by asking for evidence.”
He said that he decided to start his election campaign from Meerut because this was the land, where the first war of independence was fought. The prime minister said that he was committed to sacrificing everything for his country.
He said, “I am not going to be intimidated by any foreign power. This chowkidar will sacrifice everything that he has for the country. Why would I feel intimidated by anyone. I have nothing to lose. People who need to worry about dynasty should worry.”
Modi said that the country’s successful test of A-SAT missile on Wednesday, which took India to the elite league of top four countries in the world, was causing heartburn to opposition parties.
He urged the voters to come out in large numbers on 11 April to cast their votes.